A Brief History of Pom-Poms

The first known pom-pom was found on a statue on a farm in Sweden in 1904. The statue, of the Viking God Freyr, dates from approximately 900AD and is wearing a hat or helmet with a pom-pom on the top.

The word pom-pom comes from the French word, Pompon.

The French army used different pom-poms on hats to convey rank.

Hats worn by highly ranked Catholic priests had pom-poms on them and were called Birettas.

Traditional Scottish dress included a floppy beret called the Balmoral Bonnet with a bright red pom-pom on the top.

Sailors wear pom-poms on the tops of their hats, aka duck caps, to protect their heads when navigating tight spaces on board a ship.

And, of course, there are the kinds of pom-poms most of us are most familiar with: pop-poms that cheerleaders use or pom-poms that adorn the tops of winter hats.

Now You Know! Thanks for reading.

Photo Credits:

  • Freyr statue photo by Gabriel Hildebrand, Statens historiska museum. CC BY 2.5.
  • Biret photo by MK777 via Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 1.0.
  • Balmoral Bonnet courtesy Claymore Imports.
  • Sailor Cap photo courtesy The Beret Project.
  • Egg cozy hat by Mushushu. CC BY-SA 4.0.